External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said that UN's decision to commemorate the International Day of Yoga underlines the appreciation for India and its growing soft power.
The first International Yoga Day was celebrated across the globe on Sunday. In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the celebrations by practising 'asanas' along with nearly 37,000 participants during a mega event at Rajpath in Delhi. During the event the Prime Minister described yoga as a means to train the human mind to begin a new era of peace and harmony.
The United Nations had in December last year declared June 21 as International Yoga Day, with 177 countries voting in favour. The proposal had been mooted by Modi during his first address to the UN General Assembly in September last year.